I put my heart into every bridal design I create and have often referred to my clients as my Headpiece.com daughters. It became amazingly clear that my designer heart was captured designing for my own daughter's wedding.
Photography by Allison Kuhn Creative and Headpiece.com
If you follow our blog regularly, you have been with us throughout the planning, wedding, and reception. My hopes for this final blog are to share with you what was in my heart and mind during the design stages. First, see what we came up with for.....
Many brides search their family treasures to find something old to include on their wedding day. Brielle wasn't looking for the traditional family jewelry or wedding handkerchief passed down through the years. Brielle wanted her "something old" to be a reflection of our family history. She used her great-grandmother's mirror which was hand engraved by her great-grandfather, once an engraver for Tiffany and Company.
I think of Brielle as a modern day Grace Kelly. The graceful design of Lea-Ann Belter's Valentine silk wedding gown and Jaqueline lace jacket are classic, romantic, and timeless with a fresh newness. It was everything Brielle had hoped for.
Brielle originally overlooked this gold rope and diamond bracelet when considering what to wear for her "something borrowed". She circled back around loving that it was gold and a part of our family for so many years.
Something blue can happen in a snap at Headpiece.com. We offer handmade blue silk garters and have sewn blue Swarovski crystal into the bride's wedding gown. Brielle had decided early on she wanted her "something blue" incorporated into her headpiece design. The light blue sapphire crystal we added was so subtle and so incredibly beautiful!
Our design journey began with the quest for the perfect wedding shoes. The requirements were..silk, open toe, manageable heel, and an elegant bow. They were nowhere to be found---in the entire world!
Light blue sapphire and 14K gold were the perfect dotted finish for the bow. This same design idea was replicated on Abbey's flower girl shoes.
Brielle allowed me a bit a creative freedom in designing additional accessories for her maid of honor and flower girl. This is always my favorite way to design. She told me she wanted a touch of gold and for the accessories to tie into hers.
I love to design separate components and then assemble them in a completely unique way working them into the hairstyle. The creative options are endless. You can arrange the pieces in so many different ways and come up with something incredible each time. It is like designing to the tenth power!
Abbey and Remy were picture perfect!
mother of the bride gown
Designing my dress became the biggest stress of the whole wedding! I found that I had little time for me and felt time was running out. Headpiece.com was bustling with so many great clients and they came first!
My dress was everything I wanted. It was soft. It moved. It was understated. It was me!
When it came to her bridal accessories, I told Brielle I would create anything she wanted. I remember our conversation discussing her vision for her bridal veil and headpiece. She said, "Mom, I want something simple." The word "simple" in my field can mean many different things. She had the world of creative thought and design expertise at her fingertips. Would her idea of "simple" and my idea of "simple" be the same?
Brielle came up for one weekend to finalize her hair accessories. My original "simple" design prototypes were a little too simple for her... and that made me happy. Together we created an incredible combination of accessories that would be like no other.
French lace and imported European net were our starting point for the bridal veil design. They are the crème de la crème in my fashion design book. The lace and net are so soft you can sleep in them.
I offered Brielle choices in lace patterns. These were among my favorites. She told me she trusted my judgement.
When Alex got down on one knee and proposed to Brielle, he had a ring in one hand and a puppy named Paisley in the other. It was only appropriate that Paisley had a veil custom designed to match her mama's on their wedding day!
Brielle said, "I think I would like the centerpieces to be the names of Richmond streets." I replied, "I have an idea!"
Jeff painted the wooden frames and then we tediously assembled them. We completed four. Only nineteen more to go!
the dance floor
The custom dance floor is still the talk of the wedding! it has captured the interest of bridal magazines and blogs.
My bridal client, and owner of Bombshell Graphics, turned me onto the idea of a custom dance floor when she began telling me about her business. The idea was incredibly cool! Brielle and Alex thought it would be amazing if we could create a dance floor that worked with their Richond theme. I began sketching!
I drew the Richmond icons on an 8x10" piece of paper and finessed my renderings in fine ink. We only had a few weeks to pull this artistic masterpiece off. I overnighted the final drawing to Brielle and she did all of the hand scripting in ink. She overnighted it to my sister, Kathy, a graphic designer who prepared the file for large format printing. Bombshell Graphics printed the dance floor and we brought it down to Richmond to be laid.
While it may seem that we did so much for this wedding ourselves, these are the women who put all the pieces together. They assembled our dreams and made our wedding day storyboard come to life.
Something Blue Films
We have featured the work of Something Blue Films in our past two blogs. Zach Boyd, owner of Something Blue Films, has provided us with his third and final video highlighting the Maffett wedding day. This film is different than the others. It truly highlights what is important. I spoke with Zach a few days ago when he released this to me for the blog. I asked him to tell me what made this film so different.
"For Brielle and Alex, there were several beautiful moments between the two of them that we were able to capture. The couples portrait session was absolutely stunning. As a company, we strive to film as candidly as possible. Since Brielle and Alex are naturally playful and loving around each other, there was very little direction when it came to filming. Therefore, we were able to include more of the intimate moments with just the two of them. Many couples have a hard time just being themselves when the camera is rolling, but Brielle and Alex seemed so captivated with one another that they barely noticed anyone else was there. Between their portrait session, their heartfelt letters, the beautiful prayer, and her father's touching speech, I knew it was going to be a truly unique film." ---Zach Boyd
You can see some more of Something Blue Films on Facebook and Vimeo. I highly recommend them to all of my brides. They film from Virginia to Martha's Vineyard and beyond. Ask me about our experience when you visit Headpiece.com and we will help you connect.
On this Valentine's Day enjoy a little bit of love, family, and my designer heart!
Next month on the Fourteenth:
When Your Dress is a Mess! ---Our most informative blog yet!!!!